For my bachelor thesis, I conducted research regarding historical carrying systems in the alpine region. After my research on the objects of use and the deepening on the topic of historical carrying systems, I concentrated on the following question: How do we carry today and where are there possibly problems? Thereby I came across the classic shopping trolley, an auxiliary object which is unfortunately often associated with weaker and older persons. But it is not only a symbol for age, it also brings along some other problems. 


As a solution for the researched problems of the shopping trolley, the basic idea came up to use my analyzed historical carrying devices to design a new kind of shopping trolley. Especially the «Kopfkrax», which is very stable and at the same time has a lot of space for loading, I used as a starting point. The idea developed to see the trolley as a kind of «Kopfkrax». Thus, the trolley could also be used as a backpack. Especially when not loaded, the backpack function seemed helpful and logical to me. Dragging an empty trolley is very unpleasant. Also, the backpack function can be helpful in case of obstacles and uneven terrain. In addition, the backpack function puts aside the classic meaning of a trolley, making it look modern and youthful. 


Basically, the idea was to design an alternative trolley that does not represent age and weakness, but as a fashionable extension of the body. Especially in the near future, our society will move away from motorized individual transport, especially in cities, and rely on public transport such as streetcars, trains or subways. In the process, carrying will once again become omnipresent and people will in turn become «burden bearers». Ultimately, it is also a matter of designing a trolley that is very stable and easy to repair. One often searches in vain for these characteristics in existing models.

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